The Mont Albert District - a Pictorial History 1830 to 2013

Vegetation and Fauna

Indigenous Heritage
Geology and Topography
Vegetation and Fauna
Climate and Hydrology
1840s to 1870s
1850s - Parish of Nunawading
1852 - Whitehorse Inn
1861 - Postal Services
1880s - Electricity Supply
1880s to 1920s
1882 - Phantom Railways to Doncaster
1883 - Residential Heritage Precinct
1884 - Broughton Park subdivsion
1884 - Brickworks
1885 - Surrey Hills district - map
1888 - Football Clubs
1889 - Gas Supply and Gasworks
1889 - Doncaster Electric Tramway and Tower
1890 - Mont Albert Railway Station
1892 - Surrey Hills Golf Club
1892 - Water Supply, Reservoirs and Sewerage
1899 - Telephone Services
1905 - The Surrey Dive
1907 - Scouts and Guides
1912 - Mont Albert Village Shopping Precinct
1914 - Mont Albert Progress Association
1916 - Californian Bungalows
1917 - Schools
1917 - Wattle Park
1924 - Early Shortwave Broadcasting from the Surrey Hills district
1924 - Black's Estate
1925 - Bus Services
1929 - Tramways
1930 - Cricket Clubs in Mont Albert
1930s - Balwyn - Beckett Park Bonfires and Wildlife Sanctuary
1948 - Grange Tennis Courts
1957 - Pioneer Park
1961 - Surrey Hills Communications Tower
1981 - Box Hill Miniature Railway
Koonung Creek Parklands
Heritage Notes
Mont Albert Road - Early History
Mont Albert Rd - the East End
Elgar Rd - north and south of Mont Albert Rd
Mont Albert Rd - View St to Elgar Rd
Bushland Reserves
Service Associations
Sporting Clubs
Box Hill Institute of TAFE
Walking Trails
The Author's Websites
References and Acknowledgements

2013 - remnant forest in Wattle Park (author)

Grassy Woodlands

Recent detailed botanical studies across Whitehorse were carried out at Antonio Park (Whitehorse Rd) (1987), Wattle Park (1992) and Highbury Park (2006).

These studies were linked to areas of historical significance, and the conclusions drawn were that the pre-European landscape was either woodlands or forests.

These comprised grassy woodlands in the south-east of Whitehorse, around the Canterbury/Elgar Rds area and between Elgar and Warrigal Rds.

It is believed that these were extensions of the grassy woodlands which covered the land west to the CBD.


Grassy woodlands covered only a relatively small area of the Whitehorse area - the remainder was mainly forest.

These forests were in the areas to the west of Station St, north to Koonung Creek and south to Gardiner’s Creek.

Examples of these forests survive in Highbury Park and the Wandinong Sanctuary (Canterbury Rd, Blackburn)


Prior to European settlement, Whitehorse was home to a variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish.

The population included platypus, kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, koalas, possums, bettongs, wombats, water rats, and bats.

Studies made of bird populations in the 1890s revealed 106 native species in Whitehorse, and many in the valleys of the Koonung and Blackburn Creeks.

2013 - Wandinong Sanctuary

2013 - Wandinong Sanctuary

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